Orange County’s Impending Stay-at-Home Order

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Update From President Struppa, December 3, 2020

Today, Gov. Newsom provided an update on the statewide approach to managing the current surge of COVID-19. He is mandating a regional Stay-at-Home order for each California region when their hospital intensive care unit (ICU) capacity is below 15 percent. At that point, a 3-week stay-at-home order goes into effect. Orange County, as a part of the Southern California region, is anticipated to reach this threshold this week. 


At that point, we will have 24-hours to further limit the essential staff accessing campus facilities. Please note: student housing will remain as-is. Students in Chapman housing can remain. Outdoor spaces on campus with WIFI will also remain available for those who have met the requirements to access campus.

Below is Chapman’s list of essential on-campus functions. If staff are unclear if they will need to report to campus after the stay-at-home order is in effect, they should contact their direct supervisor immediately.


  • Faculty in support of virtual education (those who choose to access campus facilities)
  • Custodial Services
  • Financial Services (reduced personnel as identified by the Vice President and Controller)
  • Food Services (limited to students in residential halls)
  • Groundskeeping Services
  • IS&T Help Desk (reduced personnel as identified by the Vice President and CIO)
  • IS&T Tech Infrastructure (reduced personnel or dispatched as needed)
  • Legal Services
  • Mail Services
  • Payroll Services
  • Physical Plant Operations
  • Public Safety
  • Research Activities (limited to that approved as part of activities in Essential/Critical Sectors)
  • Residence Life staff needed to manage student housing
  • Student Affairs, Office of (Dean, Senior Associate Dean, and as needed)
  • Student Disability Services
  • Student Health Services (Counseling Center and Health Center services)
  • Vivarium and Aviary Operations


All essential staff and students have been tested for COVID-19 upon their return to campus. We can provide additional COVID-19 testing for students, faculty and staff who are now locally remote and request a test; however, your insurance will be billed. We strongly encourage you to get a test either on campus or locally if you have concerns of recent exposure.


While a major setback, we remain optimistic that spring will bring greater flexibility for our ability to return to the campuses. At this point, we continue our planning for additional in-person instruction options to run in parallel with virtual learning, along with increased student housing. While current conditions will always drive decision-making, we will do all we can to provide the best student experience possible as we remain diligent in following local and state guidelines.


I realize how difficult this situation continues to be. The growing pandemic is devasting and continues to impact each of us in almost every aspect of our daily lives. The holiday season only increases the stress, anxiety and loneliness each of us may be feeling. Please reach out to your Chapman Family and stay connected. Our community is strong and we support each other in times of crisis. I also encourage you to take the precautions necessary to slow the spread of COVID-19 as it barrels forward across the state and country.